Small asp coding CTO for 15 years, 20 yoe, market val/ possibilities?

New / IT purplesun
Sep 14 17 Comments

I have been the cto & lead programmer of a small 2 person startup for 15 years. We are finally shutting down the co for biz reasons, and I wonder what options are realistic.

My question is am I marketable as a cto/vp engineering/tech director at mid sized firms? At what level would I be attractive to larger firms? Or should I go back to senior engineer and try to go into mgmt from there? Early 40s, good analytical & communication skills, I like coding but that doesn't maximize my abilities; personality assessments say I could be a leader but so far only managed small vendor teams ;)
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Edit: Cto is my official title, developer is my day to day job. I do occasionally lead freelancers or offshore teams on 1-2 year new product developments!

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TOP 17 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng
    weeeeeeee

    Amazon Eng

    BIO
    AWS
    weeeeeeeemore
    You are the “CTO” and “Lead Programmer” of a 2 person company???
    Sep 14 1
    • Marin Software xOCX31
      Thats impressive. I am merely the VP of the snack room. I need to ask for another promotion. Sometimes i lead a team of 5 to lunch.
      Sep 14
  • LinkedIn / Eng phatman
    You might be able to get a Senior Engineer role if your technical abilities are good. Your CTO title is fake.
    Sep 14 1
  • New / IT purplesun
    OP
    Cto is my official title, developer is my day to day job. I do occasionally lead freelancers or offshore teams on new product developments!
    Sep 14 2
    • Zynga cdev6676
      Just curious-15 years seems a lot.How much revenue were you able to generate
      Sep 14
    • New / IT purplesun
      OP
      ...snipped..
      Sep 14
  • Zynga cdev6676
    Aim for senior engineer
    Sep 14 1
  • Google / Eng rheimann
    CTO to L4 at Google is a thing
    Sep 14 1
    • New / IT purplesun
      OP
      Thx! any ref to what they are looking for at that level?
      I see levels.fyi
      Sep 14
  • Marin Software xOCX31
    Honestly i can see you as a sr eng. But if i heard about your expectations of VP role i probably would have to have a staright talk. 2 people overseas + contractors is pretty small time

    I would not consider you for management to be honest. You experience seems appropriate for techlead role, sr eng, mid size company.
    Sep 14 1
  • Microsoft yNiO12
    You brag that you've made 6 multi million $ sites, so why don't you just retire? Or is that money all gone now?

    Otherwise, you can definitely get director roles at mid sized companies, but they'd pay less than senior engineer at FAANG
    Sep 14 1
    • New / IT purplesun
      OP
      Developed/worked on, not owned! That is the cost of developing these sites, not the revenue stream, and includes projects I worked on at my previous agency.
      I see where I was misleading and corrected, thx.
      Sep 14
  • Amazon qw6fe$
    If coding is not your strength, look out for SDM roles.
    Sep 14 1